• New British princess named as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

    Britain's new princess has been named as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace said on its Twitter account on Monday, a choice of names that honors the baby's late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth. The daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate will be…

  • U.S. warships accompany British commercial vessels in Strait -Pentagon

    U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran's detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. Navy had accompanied…

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  • NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise

    By Balazs Koranyi ABOARD THE USS VICKSBURG, North Sea (Reuters) - NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors. More than a dozen vessels…

  • Carly Fiorina announces 2016 bid: The anti-Hillary?

    It’s official: Carly Fiorina is running for president. “I think I am the best person for the job,” Ms. Fiorina told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. As the only woman in the Republican race and a former business leader as opposed to a career lawyer/first lady/politician Fiorina presents an intriguing…

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  • How Utah reduced homelessness by more than 90 percent

    Utah’s chronically homeless population has dropped by 91 percent since 2005, and may altogether be gone by 2015. While some critics may argue that this solution simplifies a complicated issue by ignoring the social, economic, and mental health components that factor into homelessness, Utah and…

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  • India crackdown? Ford Foundation latest foreign NGO slapped by Delhi

    The move reflects long-standing tension between the state and civil society in India that appears to be intensifying under Mr. Modi, observers say. The New York-based foundation, which funds a wide range of projects in India, was put on the list on April 23.

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  • The power of the golden rule

    Following the recent events in Baltimore and other cities across the United States (see “Baltimore riots: Why it’s not 1968,”, I’ve been reminded of the power of the golden rule that Jesus taught his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount: “All things whatsoever ye would that men…

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  • Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Around 7,000 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean to Europe over the weekend and on Monday, including a woman who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said. A photo posted online showed her…

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  • Taliban kill 17 Afghans even as they 'welcome' peace push

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.

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  • Boycott warns against new England role for Strauss

    England great Geoffrey Boycott said he feared "everything will stay the same" were Andrew Strauss put in charge of reviving the country's cricket fortunes, as speculation continued about a role in the national set-up for former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie. Former captain Strauss appears to…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said Monday. Nepal is one of the world's poorest…

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  • Kerry warns Burundi leader's third term bid is unconstitutional

    US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that the bid by Burundi's president to run for a third term in power goes against the constitution, calling for calm after days of protests. "We are deeply concerned about President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision, which flies directly in the face of the…

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  • Timeline of Mohammed cartoons controversy

    The Texas police shooting of two suspected Islamist extremists who opened fire outside an exhibition of Prophet Mohammed cartoons is the latest in a series of deadly incidents linked to such caricatures. May 3: US police kill two men who opened fire at a cultural centre near Dallas, Texas, where…

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  • Burundi police kill four in battles with protesters

    Police in Burundi shot dead at least four demonstrators and wounded dozens of others Monday, in running battles with protesters angry at a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule. The small central African country has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling CNDD-FDD party…

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  • Afghan talks agree on reopening Taliban political office

    By Amena Bakr and Jibran Ahmad AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Representatives at preliminary talks aiming to end Afghanistan's long war have agreed that Taliban insurgents should open a political office for negotiations, but disagreement over foreign troops still clouds the…

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  • Three reported killed in unrest over Burundi president's vote bid

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Three protesters were killed in Burundi's capital on Monday, the Red Cross said, as demonstrations against a decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza's to seek a third term in office ran into a second week. Police in the Musaga district of Bujumbura fired…

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  • Meningitis epidemic in Niger kills more than 250

    A meningitis epidemic in poverty-stricken Niger has claimed 252 lives since January, a health official said Monday, warning the country was short of vaccines to fight the outbreak. "As of May 3, 252 people died out of a total of 3,304 cases," said Niger's epidemics surveillance and response…

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  • Burundi Red Cross: 3 killed in clashes with security forces

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — At least three people have been killed in Burundi on Monday in violent clashes with the security forces, said the Red Cross, as street demonstrations persist over the president's third term bid.

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  • Rocket-propelled grenade forced down Mexican helicopter

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican security official says a drug cartel that unleashed a wave of attacks in the western state of Jalisco used a rocket-propelled grenade to force down a military helicopter.

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